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    A Piece Of Television History Being Shown Tonight

    Okay, it's a football game - but I wanted people that might not see the regular football threads to know about this.

    In honor of Super Bowl weekend, the NFL Network tonight is showing a complete rebroadcast of the game that changed pro football forever - the New York Jets win over the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III.

    It took place in January 1969 - when it was still the old NFL and the old AFL. The Colts, from the established league, were 18 point favorites while the brash sex symbol, Broadway Joe Willie Namath, was guaranteeing a Jets win.

    Even if you're not a football fan it would be worth a look just to get an idea of what television looked like back then - the complete NBC-TV broadcast from that day with Curt Gowdy doing play by play.

    It shows on the NFL Network cable channel today at 5pm Pacific, 8pm Eastern. I'm lucky enough to have DirecTV so its on channel 212 there. If you have cable (especially Time-Warner)...you may or may not have it.

    My TIVO is set.

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    Re: A Piece Of Television History Being Shown Tonight

    If you have cable (especially Time-Warner)...you may or may not have it.

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    Re: A Piece Of Television History Being Shown Tonight

    Stupid BellSouth cable


    Will they be showing everything, including the original commercials? It would be worth seeing just for those. Commercials were so much better and they actually did a great job telling you why you should use a certain product in a creative way.
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    Re: A Piece Of Television History Being Shown Tonight

    Thanks for info


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    Re: A Piece Of Television History Being Shown Tonight

    The game that changed everything was Super Bowl I, but since they have no decent archive footage of it, they pump SBIII.
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    Re: A Piece Of Television History Being Shown Tonight

    Quote Originally Posted by steamboatpete View Post
    The game that changed everything was Super Bowl I, but since they have no decent archive footage of it, they pump SBIII.
    How do you figure? They didn't even call Super Bowl I the Super Bowl. (The late Lamar Hunt later came up with the name.)

    The established, heavily favored Packers pounded the Chiefs, 35-10. The heavily favored Packers from the supposedly far superior NFL whipped the Raiders the next year.

    Archival footage? I see it every year on the NFL Films Super Bowl highlights.

    And the NFL champion Colts came into Super Bowl III as a prohibitive 18-point favorite.

    That game, and perhaps the late 50's NFL Championship game that they always talk about, are indeed the games that changed pro football forever. No pumping or archival footage required.

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    Re: A Piece Of Television History Being Shown Tonight

    They didn't even call Super Bowl I the Super Bowl.
    What did they call it then?

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    Re: A Piece Of Television History Being Shown Tonight

    I believe it was just the NFL Championship game.

    And the first "Super Bowl" (Super Bowl I) wasn't even a sell-out.

    Thanks for the info Barry, but we don't get NFL Network.

    Stupid Time-Warner.


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    Re: A Piece Of Television History Being Shown Tonight

    Quote Originally Posted by aimster View Post
    What did they call it then?
    It was called the inaugural NFL - AFL Championship Game. It was the first such game, and though, no, it was not a sellout, it changed the NFL profoundly. The Super Bowl was first used to promote that third game -- before the game -- and retroactively applied to the first two NFL - AFL Championship Games.

    The broadcast tapes for both of the first two NFL - AFL Championship Games were literally taped over, and all the NFL has of the first two games are bits and pieces of game film. Here is a 1998 AP story on the subject:

    AP 4/27/98
    Tapes of First Two Super Bowls Lost

    Monday, April 27, 1998

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Millions saw the Green Bay Packers win the first two
    Super Bowls, but highlight films of the games may be all that remain.

    Complete broadcasts of the games can't be found.

    The first two championship games are the only Super Bowl broadcasts that the
    Museum of TV and Radio in New York has been unable to locate, said Ron Simon,
    one of the museum's television curators.

    ``We've been on the lookout for many years,'' Simon told The Green Bay News-
    Chronicle. ``We've talked with the NFL, the various clubs, the networks, but
    we've been unable to find a tape.''

    NBC and CBS broadcast the first game, but the videotapes were handled much
    like any other live broadcast in those days.

    ``Both networks erased the tape,'' Simon said. ``It was not until the `70s
    that networks began archiving to any serious extent.''

    Highlight programs of the games were produced by NFL Films.

    ``Here is one of the major TV events, the Super Bowl, and we don't have its
    very beginnings,'' Simon said.

    The museum came close once to finding a complete broadcast.

    ``We found a tape of Super Bowl I, but it had deteriorated,'' Simon said. ``It
    had not been stored properly and the (magnetic material) flaked right off.''

    Curators have searched the archives of Armed Forces Television and the
    Canadian Broadcasting System. They've gone into the homes of various
    collectors. The found some baseball games of the 1960s, Simon said.

    Tapes of the first two Super Bowls would be of historic value not just for the
    game but for the broadcast itself, Simon said.

    ``It's instructive to look at the tape of Super Bowl III, (Joe) Namath and the
    (New York) Jets, to see how the game was presented,'' Simon said. ``The
    onscreen graphics were very primitive.''

    The home video camera was introduced in 1965. The video cassette recorder
    followed a few years later.

    Unless someone recorded the game with professional equipment and can be found,
    the museum may have to settle for a tape that was made at home by pointing a
    video camera at the screen, Simon said.
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    Re: A Piece Of Television History Being Shown Tonight

    Oh man I love watching SBIII. What a fun game!! Thanks for the headsup.


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